Monday, July 14, 2014

Under the Same Sun by Sharon Robinson -- ADVISABLE

Robinson, Sharon Under the Same Sun, illustrated by AG Ford. PICTURE BOOK. Scholastic Books, 2014. $17.99. Content: G.

Grandmother Bibi and Auntie Sharon are visiting family in Tanzania. It's Bibi's birthday, and the family has a surprise in store: a safari in Serengeti National Park, followed by a much more sober visit to a slave-trading post on the shores of the Indian Ocean. An author's note at the end provides further background on this story, which is based on a true experience.

Under the Same Sun is a good reminder that even families who are separated are all living under the same sun and can hope to see each other again soon. While the story is lovely, I absolutely adore the illustrations. They are so realistic and full of life and emotion that they almost feel like actual photographs instead of paintings. All in all, a very nice read.

EL -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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